Yoga, Vedanta, and Self Inquiry of Who Am I?
- Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
- 14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA, 95949, USA
- Feb 22 - 24, 2019 (3 days)
- Tent - Bring Your Own - $220.00 Tent - Ashram Provided - $250.00 Om Cabin - Shared - $250.00 Om Cabin - Private - $380.00 Siva Cabin - Shared - $360.00 Siva Cabin - Private - $460.00 Deluxe Shanti Cabin - Shared - $360.00…
The ancient Rishis or seers, having delved into the depths of their being, closely analyzed all of the layers of the human existence. In this process of self-inquiry, they discovered that in essence we are but pure consciousness, and that various factors and conditionings cloud our vision and hide this truth. They laid out practices for clarifying our vision so we too can have this first-hand knowledge. Yoga has been prescribed as preparatory practices, for purifying the heart and balancing the mind. For unveiling the deeper truths, Vedanta has been prescribed.
The original and most authoritative teachings of Vedanta are in the Upanishads, which are the latter part of the Vedas, the most ancient spiritual texts known to humanity. The upanishads reveal the unity of the individual being and the universal presence, declaring that in essence we are but the one universal consciousness. Due to lack of inner clarity and the unsteady nature of the mind, we aren’t aware of this basic fact and identify ourselves with situations and various notions. These in turn sow the seed for ups and downs, pain, suffering and disappointment, and according to yogis, the continuous cycle of births and deaths. The Ishavasya Upanishad is one of the most concise and most widely studied upanishads. It starts with the well-known verse “Ishavasyam Idam Sarvam” – the Universal Spirit indwells everything, it is the unifying factor behind all names and forms. Traditionally, Vedanta is studied by listening to the teachings from an experienced teacher, reflecting on them to help clarify our doubts, and meditating on these truths.
This weekend intensive will help clarify the roles of Yoga and Vedanta in our spiritual journey, and deepen our understanding on the Vedantic vision.
6-8am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-10am Beginners Yoga Class
11am Karma Yoga
1-3pm Yoga and Vedanta Workshop
3-4pm Free Time and Nature walks
4-6pm Open Yoga Class
7-8pm Free Time
8-10pm Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture